2016 Update: Now we have a new online store Bendigo Made!
Buy local this Christmas. There are some fantastic places to buy a unique and special gift for someone right here in Bendigo. Support your local business, artist, craftsperson or dressmaker. Also see our post on food & wine gifts from the Bendigo region and Bendigo Gift Vouchers and Memberships.
Gorgeous wares, made by crafty locals at
View Point Handmade Gallery (13 View Point). Beautiful soap from Urthly Organics, individual jewellery pieces from the likes of Melissa Urquhart, and Your Organ Grinder, as well as pieces from Villa Hunter and gorgeous clothing from Ineke Designs.
Most of what you find at bob boutique (17 Williamson Street) is both handmade and Australian made, with over 50 independent labels in store.
Of course you can’t go past the Bendigo Pottery (146 Midland Highway, Epsom) for quality ceramic tableware. Iconic, classy and that piece of Bendigo; some hand-decorated. You can also purchase pieces at the Post Office Gallery.
Jimmy Possum (High Street) stocks some handcrafted local products including lovingly-made furniture, artwork by Jessica Spalding and beautiful chopping boards and wooden items by Nott’s Timber Design.
The gift shop at the Bendigo Art Gallery (42 View Street) is pretty cool too, and the Visitor Information Centre / Post Office Gallery (opposite The Shamrock, on Pall Mall) has locally-made jewellery, handcrafts and other cool stuff too.
Check out The Square, Bendigo’s Handmade market, a beautifully organised event held at the Bendigo Town Hall each season. The next markets will be on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2012, with different stallholders on each day.
How about some original garden art from Wired for Living? Gorgeous designs. I’ve put some more images on Facebook.
You’re looking for a locally-made water purifier? Alex from Watermatic is your man, and hand-makes each one right here in Benders. Quite stylish too, and many colours. Give him a call.
You could always get someone you care about an I Heart Bendigo sticker. he he, sorry ho ho ho
Do you stock locally made items or know someone who should be on this list? Let us know.